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Apple wins patent for next-gen 'Share with Desk View,' FaceTime conferencing for MacBooks & iPad without using an iPhone camera


On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent that relates to FaceTime conferencing with what Apple calls 'Share with Desk View.' While the current version of this feature is presented in Apple's granted patent working with an iMac, the patent reveals that Apple may be working on a more advanced wide angle camera for future MacBooks and iPad Pro that will eliminate the need of using an iPhone's camera. And, this future system will also allow users to use in-air gesturing to control aspects of the system that's not available today.

The Current System

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Patent: Wide Angle Video Conference

(Apple's next-gen 'Share with Desk View' Feature)

Apple's granted patent is designed to provide electronic devices with faster, more efficient methods and interfaces for managing a live video communication session and/or managing digital content. Such methods and interfaces optionally complement or replace other methods for managing a live video communication session and/or managing digital content. Such methods and interfaces reduce the cognitive burden on a user and produce a more efficient human-machine interface. For battery-operated computing devices, such methods and interfaces conserve power and increase the time between battery charges.

Apple's patent focuses on the use of a next-gen camera system that will allow those who use FaceTime for business meetings, brainstorming sessions for work or at school use hand gestures to zoom a camera in on something a team member want to present and allow note taking on a pad and have it show up on a MacBook or iPad display.

In Apple's patent FIG. 6AA-6AB illustrate an example in which a device modifies a zoom level of a representation in response to detecting an in-air pinch and/or spread gesture. As shown in FIG. 6AA, in some embodiments, device 600-1 detects spread gesture 656e in which user 622 increases the distance between the thumb and index finger of the right hand of user 622. In some embodiments, the magnification is based on a location of spread gesture #656e (e.g., relative to camera #602) and/or a magnitude of spread gesture #656e. In some embodiments, the portion of the image is magnified according to a predetermined zoom level.''

3. apple patent figs 6AB+

In response to gestures #664, 666, 668, or 670 shown in Apple's patent FIG. 6AC above, representations 624-1, 622-2 of FIG. 6M are zoomed and remains centered on the drawing. Displaying respective representation at the first zoom level as being centered on a first position of the scene and the respective representation displayed at the second zoom level as being centered on the first position of the scene enhances the user interface by allowing a user to use a gesture that is performed in the field-of-view of a camera to change the zoom level without designating a center for the representation after the zoom is applied, which provides improved visual feedback and additional control options without cluttering the user interface.

Patent fulfilled

The foundation of the patent is now a patent fulfilled and a few of the patent figures below relate to the current version of the 'Share with Desk View' feature.

In Apple's patent FIGS. 11G below, we see a user drawing on a notepad and a MacBook camera system is able to capture what's being drawn and presents on screen in real-time. Great for FaceTime conference calling when trying to convey a new marketing idea, a prototype concept to work colleagues or a team of classmates working on a school project; Technically this is available on the current version of 'Share with Desk View,' as are FIGS 16N, 18G, 18K, 18L and 18M.

4. Apple patent figs 11G +
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This is a crazy detailed patent that provides 140 patent figures to review. For more details, review Apple's granted patent 11770600.

10.52FX - Granted Patent Bar


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